European Yacht Charters
Our background is in yacht sales and brokerage. We have almost thirty years’ experience in the marine industry in the UK and throughout Europe.
Port Ginesta, Barcelona
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First yacht charter?
For hundreds of people each year, a Yacht Charter is the most exciting way to get into sailing. Perhaps now is the right time for you to begin this fun and fascinating hobby? You might want to get started as a solo sailor or with family and friends. First of all, planning your charter holiday should be part of the fun and the beginning of your adventure.
Our advice is not to feel pressured into booking a holiday quickly just because it’s cheap. Everyone wants a great deal but make sure you research local weather conditions and sailing area when choosing your charter location. There are hundreds of charter companies to choose from and thousands of yachts available from reputable companies. Our advice below is intended to help a novice, planning to take an enthusiastic family on a one-week sailing holiday, for the first time.
Where to charter?
When you begin your search, there will almost certainly be thousands of Yachts available through Europe, or Worldwide. We have designed our website to make it easy for you to investigate different places quickly, and get information. Below are a few tips to consider while researching your holiday:
Time of year
Don’t go anywhere that you are going to get too much wind. Attention to weather conditions is especially important if you are taking a less enthusiastic and/or nervous family along on a charter. The primary objective of any family sailing adventure is to make sure that everyone has a great time and wants to go sailing again.
Hire a skipper
Most charter companies will not allow you to take a yacht out without a Skipper’s License. In addition, unless you have had some years of sailing experience, it’s not advisable to charter a yacht in unfamiliar waters on your own. There is no shame in having a paid crew member to help – allowing you to relax and enjoy your holiday.
Unless you decide to leave everything to a Skipper, it might be an idea to let the charter company know where you intend to sail during your holiday. A professional skipper will keep an eye everything on the yacht – including morale and comfort of all on board. He/she might suggest that your crew need a little shore time to keep spirits up. Lots of decisions will be made during your charter. Don’t be afraid to express your wishes to your skipper. They will have lots of local knowledge to share with you and ideas of where to sail. Just remember, if you end your holiday with a happy family who want to sail more, then you have succeeded.
Size of a yacht
Once upon a time, many yachts were narrow and uncomfortable down below. The possibility of a hot shower usually only came at the end of a trip, when you finally got home! Modern yachts have all mod cons and comfort, and often marinas offer very convenient port facilities. If you want your family to really enjoy their holiday, charter the biggest boat you can afford. Look for bedrooms which are comfortable and spacious for all on board. As a general rule, try to make sure that everyone can have some private space. Converting a bed in a saloon is never a great idea for a whole week and may detract from everyone’s holiday experience. Look for enough cabins to provide berths for all – remembering a Skipper will require a cabin alone.
Provisioning a Yacht
If your budget stretches to it, let the charter company provision your yacht. Many will ask you for a likes list and provide a decent amount of food, on board ready for you. Remember you are probably travelling to a strange country and you only have a few days holiday. So, do you want to spend your time shopping for food on the first day? If so, check where the shops are and think about carrying all the provisions back to your boat without a car!
Yacht Charters planning
Talk to us Network Yacht Brokers Barcelona about your holiday plans as we can offer helpful tips and advice. For example, we suggest bringing your kit in soft bags as they tend to be more yacht friendly. Soft bags are easier to stow, giving you more room on board. Suitcases can cause damage and wheel marks to your charter yacht and so don’t make you popular with charter companies.
Your chosen cruising area should depend almost entirely on your level of experience. For example, one might think that Greece is a safe bet, which it often can be. However, even Greece – like all hot countries – has extreme wind conditions to deal with at various times of the year. Before you book, take a look at past local weather patterns for the time of year for your charter area. Also ask the charter company directly for advice regarding the weather during the month you plan to book your holiday.